Halloween 2016: Trick or Booze

Good ol’ October… the most magical time of the year for costume enthusiasts, candy enthusiasts (a.k.a everybody) and, unfortunately for 2016, creepy clowns.


If Halloween is your thing, and you’re a booze aficionado, alcohol with a spooky slant should make an appearance during your celebrations. And if Halloween’s not your thing, booze can certainly help pass the time while you hide from trick-or-treaters.

To ramp up for the holiday, here are some tipples that will fit in perfectly with your terrifying (or, you know, sort-of scary) decorations.

1. Dawn of the Red


Look, try not to judge, but I first tried a bottle of this because I’m a fan of puns. I tried the second bottle because I was a fan of the taste. An India Red Ale brewed in Oregon, it has citrusy hop notes and a blood orange color. Enjoy one while sporting zombie attire or being actually undead.

2. The Velvet Devil Merlot


This Merlot from Washington State is great for the mischievous among us. Notes of dark fruit, cedar, and tobacco are great accompaniments to the $12 devil horns and tail you bought an hour before the party.

3. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale


To be honest this list wouldn’t be complete without SOMETHING pumpkin flavored. And as an alumnus of the University of Delaware, I have a soft spot for Dogfish Head beers. But despite my bias, you should believe me and add a pack of these full-bodied brown ales to the beer fridge this year.

4. Vampire Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon


The tagline for this wine is “sip the blood of the vine.” Enough said.

So there you have it –  some beverage suggestions for making your Halloween celebrations fearfully festive.



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